Almost daily I see social media folks with good intentions suggest that cold calling is dead. They (incorrectly) write that selling is dead, that no one likes salespeople, and that even salespeople don’t like being salespeople.With good hearts, they suggest things like changing your title to disguise that fact that you’re in sales. They insist that you abandon your outbound efforts and find your way to the promised land that is inbound marketing. In their mind, the ideas are mutually exclusive: you are either an old-school salesperson or you are enlightened, social-media wielding, non-salesperson.Unless you want a career change imposed on you in the not-to-distant future, you should ignore this advice.Advice Worth TakingIt reminds of an often told story about Gandhi. A mother waited all day to ask Gandhi to tell her diabetic son to stop eating sugar, that it was bad for his health, that it was harming him, and that it could kill him. Gandhi sent the mother and her child away, asking her to return to him in two weeks. The mother returned with the boy two weeks later. Gandhi told the boy directly to stop eating sugar. The mother asked Gandhi why he couldn’t have told the boy to stop eating sugar two weeks earlier. Gandhi replied that at that time he also was eating too much sugar.Gandhi didn’t believe that he had the moral authority to tell the boy to stop eating sugar. He wasn’t willing to ask the boy to do something he wasn’t willing to do.Social media provides a terrific set of tools for prospecting. These tools allow you to research your clients. They allow you to listen, to pay attention to what is interesting and important to your clients. The tools allow you to connect with your dream clients in a way that was never as easy as it is now. When used well, social media provides an excellent set of tools for lead generation.But these tools work better for some than others. They work well for consultants. They work particularly well for social media consultants. By themselves, the social tools don’t provide enough opportunities for people that carry a quota. I promise you that no one that would dole out the advice that you use only social media would take their own advice were they selling what you sell—or carrying your quota.Social media? Absolutely; you can’t be a Luddite, either! Exclusively? Not if you want to succeed and make your number.QuestionsWhat percentage of your existing opportunities came from social media?What percentage of opportunities do you expect to generate through social media?What percentage of your time and energy should spent investing in the social channels? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
December 1, 2019
For the first time, the Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered stopping of traffic on the 97-km national highway and halting train services in south Kashmir during daytime till the 45-day Amarnath Yatra concludes in the State, evoking sharp reactions.According to an official handout of the Railways, no train will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Qazigund to Banihal. “Before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m., trains will be available between Baramulla and Banihal. After completion of the yatra, trains will be available all day,” the spokesman said.In a separate order, the government directed that no civilian traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway from Qazigund to Nashri from 10 a.m. up to 3 p.m during the yatra period. Cut-off timeIn the past, authorities used to set a cut-off time for the vehicles carrying pilgrims from outside the State to reach the twin base camps in south and central Kashmir.The unprecedented move has evoked sharp reactions from the civil society and political parties.A spokesman of the Fruit Growers’ and Dealers’ Association said, “It will cause extreme hardship for those transporting fresh fruits, particularly cherry and plum, which are perishable items. The apple crop stored in cold storages will also get damaged.”The association requested the Governor’s administration “to consider revocation of the orders”.A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) met Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan to discuss the issue. “Tourists and persons associated with the tourism sector will face difficulties,” said KCCI member Nasir Hamid Khan.J&K People’s Movement chairman Shah Faesal said the pilgrims were welcome to the “land of Shiva but the suspension of the train services must end”.“In the past 30 years, it’s for first time that the national highway was closed for civilian movement. This curfew must end,” he said.People’s Conference spokesman Adnan Ashraf said the decision was “unjustified”. “Disrupting the lives of local people and tourists on the pretext of paving a safe way for the yatris would send a wrong signal to the people of Kashmir,” he said.State Congress president G.A. Mir termed the move as “bizarre”. “It should be revoked to ensure that people and tourists are not put to hardship,” he said.Meanwhile, a new batch of 4,600 pilgrims left Jammu for Kashmir on Wednesday to perform the yatra. Till date, 11,456 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the cave this year, officials said.
November 27, 2019
Jitu Rai with other winners.Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a historic gold in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range. Shweta Chaudary also won a bronze in 10m air pistol event after she scored 176.4 points.Fresh from his 50m Pistol silver in the World Championships, the Lucknow-based shooter completed a grand double as he had won a gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier this year.The shooter, who serves the Gurkha regiment, was on target from the word go after moving into the finals even as compatriot Omkar Singh failed to cross the qualification hurdle.In the finals though, Rai was tested by Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Phuong, who had to settle for silver and bronze medallist Wang Zhiwei of China.Rai accumulated 186.2 points in comparison to Phuong’s 183.4 and Zhiwei stood a distant third with 165.6 points.
November 26, 2019
andy murrayaustraliaDavis Cup FinalsGreat Britain First Published: November 21, 2019, 11:24 AM IST Madrid: The Davis Cup has a new format but Andy Murray’s love of a comeback remains intact after the Scot battled from behind to beat Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday as Great Britain edged past Holland.Murray came from a set down and then trailed 4-1 in the decider in Madrid before beating the spirited Griekspoor, ranked 179 in the world, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (5). “I’ve found a way to win matches many times in my career when I’ve not been playing well,” Murray said. “You can draw on that a little bit.”A scrappy victory gave Great Britain the lead in their opening Group E tie and while Dan Evans lost the second singles rubber to Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski finished the job in the doubles.Rafael Nadal won his 26th consecutive Davis Cup singles match later on Wednesday as Spain booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over defending champions Croatia.Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka to help Serbia beat Japan by the same scoreline.Murray had given short shrift on Tuesday to those he believes have been too quick to criticise the revamped Davis Cup, which for the first time is featuring all 18 World Group countries competing for the trophy across a single week in one venue.And in what will be music to the ears of the organisers, among them Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, Murray was full of praise for the atmosphere inside the Caja Magica’s cosy Stadium 3.”The atmosphere was brilliant,” Murray said afterwards. “That was the one concern I had about the event, about it being on neutral ground, but it was great.”British fans have been second only to Spanish in terms of tickets sold so far and the strong attendance for Murray’s opener inside the tournament’s smallest court, with a capacity of 2,500, has not been consistent across other morning matches.BIGGEST ATTRACTIONMurray, along with Nadal and Djokovic, is one of the competition’s biggest attractions this week and Britain’s prospects of progressing to the quater-finals look good ahead of Thursday’s tie against Kazakhstan.It remains to be seen whether Murray plays or is rested against the Kazakhs but he was given a stiff workout by the 23-year-old Griekspoor, who was a surprise pick in the Dutch team ahead of Botic Van de Zandschlup.”About an hour before the match it changed,” said Murray. “I didn’t know much about his game.”But Murray again dug deep, his experience and resilience proving the difference as Griekspoor lost his nerve and then the match.Haase outlasted Evans 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 while Jamie Murray and Skupski held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer.Djokovic enjoyed a more comfortable start as he cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nishioka in a straightforward win for Serbia against Japan.Serbia will play France on Thursday to decide who goes through as winners of Group A.”It’s probably one of the biggest challenges we can have in this competition, playing against France, one of the most successful nations in Davis Cup, and definitely one of the strongest teams,” Djokovic said.Nadal saw off Croatia’s Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-3 and then helped Spain win the doubles rubber alongside Marcel Granollers.Argentina could have secured progress by beating Germany but lost all three matches as Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Guido Pella and Jan-Lennard Struff overcame Diego Schwartzman to establish an unassailable advantage. Germany will advance if they beat Chile on Thursday.Canada are already through and will meet Australia in the last eight on Thursday, after Leyton Hewitt’s team beat Belgium 2-1. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
November 19, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric.Madrid ran out 4-1 winners in the final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium but endured a tough first half with Juventus dominating the play until Croatian Modric took control of the game.The score was at 1-1 after Ronaldo had netted against the run of play and Mario Mandzukic had equalised but Juventus were creating the better chances and Gianluigi Buffon’s net had otherwise gone untroubled.However, with Modric’s steadying influence increasing, the tide turned in favour of Zinedine Zidane’s side and they stormed to victory, firing more goals past Buffon than the three he had conceded in the rest of the tournament.Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid’s successful defence of the title.”The first half was even. Juventus came out strong. We didn’t have possession,” Zidane told reporters.”The second half was better. I told them to continue with what we were doing but putting more pressure on them and playing with more width.”With Madrid playing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield and featuring no traditional wingers, the onus fell on Modric and Toni Kroos to occupy wider spaces.Modric created Ronaldo’s second goal from the right wing, elegantly skipping towards the byline before pulling back the ball for Ronaldo to smash home and effectively kill the game.advertisementBeyond his assist, the 31-year-old’s elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.”(Zidane) said that we need to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in the first half after our goal,” Modric told reporters.”We feel we are an amazing team and need to just keep doing what we are doing because I think we can win many more titles in the future.”While Ronaldo is the man who applies the killer blow, Modricis the team’s strategist, quietly working to create avenues and openings for Madrid to capitalise on.Modric created his own piece of history too, becoming the first Croatian to win the competition three times, moving ahead of former AC Milan defender Dario Simic, who lifted the cup in 2003 and 2007.
October 16, 2019
For the last 30 years, Nosey the elephant, who was taken from her family and her home in the wild as a baby, has been beaten with a bullhook, kept all alone in chains and in a dark and cramped trailer, and forced to perform tricks and give rides to tourists.Actor Carol Burnett shot a video for PETA highlighting Nosey’s plight, but before it could be released, the elephant was found neglected in Alabama without shelter, hay, or water. Lawrence County authorities seized her from notorious animal exhibitor Hugo Liebel, and she was transported to an accredited sanctuary in Tennessee, where we hope she’ll remain once the legal battle with her owner is resolved.Today, the Hollywood icon sent a letter to county commissioners:“I was so thrilled to hear from my friends at PETA that Nosey has been transported to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!“Nosey’s tragic story very recently compelled me to record a PSA for PETA urging for her retirement and encouraging kind people everywhere to act in her behalf to give her the chance of living a happy life in a sanctuary. She has been on the road nearly since her infancy. She has worked, day in and day out, carrying people on her back and performing difficult tricks under the threat of a bullhook. Her “home” on the road has been a dark, cramped trailer or the end of a chain. She deserves so much more — as do all other elephants.“I recorded this PSA mere weeks ago, when I didn’t think anyone in a position to help Nosey cared — so it warms my heart to see that Lawrence County does.“I hope Nosey is able to live permanently at The Elephant Sanctuary — where she can be with other elephants, unbridled by chains, and enjoy the simple pleasure of feeling the grass beneath her feet and the sun on her back — and that she may continue to roam its vast acreage for the remainder of her years. There’s a chance that Nosey’s story will have a happy ending — and who doesn’t love a happy ending?”PETA notes that Liebel’s history of animal neglect includes nearly 200 citations for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, including for chaining Nosey so tightly that she could barely move and repeatedly denying her adequate veterinary care.
October 12, 2019
MILAN — Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari says profits last year rose 46 per cent, driven by a surge in V12 sales and vehicle personalization.Ferrari on Thursday reported 2018 net profit of 787 million euros ($904 million), up from 537 million euros the previous year. Shipments rose 10 per cent to 9,251 vehicles, while net revenues were flat at 3.4 billion euros.Ferrari set a forecast for 3-per cent revenue growth to over 3.5 billion euros. It did not provide a shipment forecast.Sales of 12-cylinder models surged 20 per cent, led by the 812 Superfast, while sales of 8-cylinder models rose 8 per cent. Sales rose across the globe, with double-digit increases posted in Europe and greater China.The carmaker said fourth-quarter profits rose 40 per cent to 191 million euros.The Associated Press
October 6, 2019
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US durable goods orders edged up slight 0.2 per cent in April with business investment down WASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting factory goods edged up slightly in April. But a measure of tracks business investment spending fell for a second straight month.Durable goods orders increased 0.2 per cent last month after a 3.7 per cent decline in March, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Gains in volatile commercial aircraft orders and more demand for autos and parts drove the modest increase.So-called core capital goods orders, which are considered a proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.9 per cent in April after a 2.2 per cent decline in March. Demand for computers and electronics products and heavy machinery fell.Durable goods are items expected to last at least three years. Orders rose in April to $215.5 billion, up 52.5 per cent from their recession low hit in the spring of 2009. Orders are still 11.6 per cent below their peak in December 2007.The decline in core capital goods could suggest that second-quarter growth is off to a slow start. Still, orders tend to fluctuate sharply from month to month.Many economists approached Thursday’s report cautiously. They noted that the findings conflicted with two other reports that suggest factory activity and production grew last month.The Institute for Supply Management said factory activity grew in April at the fastest pace in 10 months. The group’s closely watched manufacturing index showed strength in new orders, production and hiring.And the Federal Reserve reported that U.S. factory output rose 0.6 per cent in April. Half of that increase reflected a big jump in production of motor vehicles and parts.Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said that the weakness could be the result of lingering effect of the expiration of favourable business investment tax breaks at the end of last year.“This is disappointing, but given the volatility of the data and the strength of the ISM new orders in manufacturing, not disastrous,” Shepherdson said.Manufacturing has been a leading source of growth and jobs since the recession ended. Economists believe that trend will continue.For April, orders for transportation goods rose 2.1 per cent, led by a 7.2 per cent increase in demand for commercial aircraft. This volatile category had plunged 46.6 per cent in March.Orders for autos and auto parts rose 5.6 per cent, reflecting the continued strong demand automakers are seeing.Excluding transportation, durable goods orders fell 0.6 per cent following a 0.8 per cent drop in March.Orders for heavy machinery dropped 2.8 per cent, while demand for computers and other electronics products fell 0.6 per cent. by News Staff Posted May 24, 2012 12:42 pm MDT
October 6, 2019
Trying not to poke the panda: how Harper came around on the Nexen deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – On a Saturday afternoon last February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sat on a bench in a Chinese zoo, his wife by his side.On her lap squirmed a baby panda, one paw stretched toward Harper.He regarded it warily.The prime minister wasn’t sure how he should approach the furry creature, especially given the cameras whirring to record his every move.The choices: make friends and shake its paw or smile nicely and do nothing at all. He opted for a compromise approach, reaching around to ruffle its fur.Fast forward six months to the China National Offshore Oil Co. or CNOOC making a $15.1-billion bid to buy Calgary oil company Nexen.It was a much bigger bear to contemplate but fallout from the decision would be similar: handle this squirming file well and a positive legacy could be assured. Or accidentally poke the Chinese bear in the eye, and never see it stretch out its hand again.It was on his trip to China in February that Harper signalled Canada’s willingness to do more business with the Chinese, especially in natural resources.About the same time, rumours had begun to emerge that CNOOC was going to make a play for Nexen.Negotiations began in earnest in May as Harper began to turn his thoughts to the influence foreign investment was having in the oilsands.At a June meeting, he was briefed by a quartet of academics and former civil servants on how to engage Asian economies.The four thinkers — Derek Burney, Len Edwards, Thomas d’Aquino and Fen Hampson — had just finished a major paper.Their message: Canada needed to take stock of its approach to make sure the government was furthering the national interest, because the trade and investment coming from Asia was a lot different than what we were accustomed to.“China and Brazil, for example, have become important new sources of foreign direct investment in Canada through entities that are subject to influence by the policies and objectives of their home governments., i.e. by non-market considerations,” the authors stated.Harper listened to their recommendations, sources say, and took careful notes.One month later, CNOOC formally launched the $15.1-billion, $27.50-per-share friendly deal.The very next day, their lobbying began.CNOOC hired Hill and Knowlton as advisers and the team methodically set about courting public opinion for the deal and figuring out exactly what they needed to do to win it.It began on Parliament Hill, with meetings with key bureaucrats in Foreign Affairs, Trade, Industry and the Privy Council Office.Lobbying efforts spread off the Hill as well as they set about wooing key players, like Alberta Premier Alison Redford, considered their first big “get.”The oil giant was mindful of the failure of Australian mining company BHP Billiton Ltd. to get the Saskatchewan government onside when it bid to take over Potash Corp.CNOOC was also active at the community level, signing on earlier this spring as a major sponsor of a homeless outreach event in Calgary this fall.It was in the grassroots where Harper’s political problem lay.Several members of his caucus — led by influential cabinet minister Jason Kenney — were opposed to the deal.Some voiced concerned about Canada doing business with a company owned by a state notorious for human-rights abuses.“I am strongly opposed to this deal, and I have raised my concerns directly with Cabinet as well as with the Prime Minister … due to China’s dismal record on human rights and freedoms, I take particular exception to allowing a state-owned company from China to purchase a Canadian company,” wrote Tory MP James Bezan in a letter to a constituent.Others opposed the deal ostensibly on the grounds of Conservative policy.“My view is that ours is a government that has a philosophical perspective to lessen government ownership when valid to do so, therefore it seems inconsistent to me that we would approve a deal with a buyer that is a state-owned company,” wrote London, Ont., MP Ed Holder in his weekly newsletter to constituents in October.The challenge for the prime minister was to find the sweet spot between not irritating his core supporters and not closing the door to China.In November, a familiar refrain began to be heard around official Ottawa whenever talk turned to the deal, a decision which by then had been extended.“We’re open for business, but not for sale,” became the talking point du jour as it seemed the political tide was turning.Kenney was asked at the start of December whether his thoughts had changed.He hinted that Harper had found that sweet spot.“Our prime minister has consistently articulated a balanced approach to our relationship with China, that emphasizes our commercial interests but also our values in a way that the previous policy was unbalanced, having I think largely neglected the values dimension of the relationship,” Kenney said.“So I think our prime minister has been very successful in striking a balance that the Canadians are looking for.”On Friday, Harper announced the government was approving the CNOOC deal as well as one by Malaysian firm Petronas for Calgary-based Progress Energy.But Canada also effectively closed the door on any future state-owned enterprise involvement in the oilsands.Much like his encounter with the baby panda, it was a compromise approach: I’ll shake your hand this time, but not again.Harper acknowledged the balancing act he had to play, and that not everyone was going to be onside with the choice.“Some believe you are either for foreign investment under all circumstances or that you must be against foreign investment in any circumstance,” he said Friday.“Practical government rarely permits such simplicity.” by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 7:11 pm MDT
October 4, 2019
by News Staff Posted Dec 17, 2013 7:53 am MDT Two-day meeting on U.S. economic policy expected to begin, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Video: Business report for Mike Eppel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business report|mike eppel|U.S. economic policy
October 4, 2019
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects, even as their overall sales outlook remains favourable.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slipped this month to 53, down two points from 55 in February. It’s the third monthly decline in a row for the index.Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.Builders’ view of current sales conditions and traffic by prospective buyers declined. Their outlook for sales over the next six months held steady.The latest reading is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for the U.S. housing market to continue to improve at a gradual pace this year. FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, construction worker David Rager, 53, frames a window in the upper floor of a two-story custom home being built in Orlando, Fla. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its monthly index of builder sentiment on Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homebuilder sentiment slips for the third month in a row, but overall outlook is positive by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2015 8:03 am MDT
October 2, 2019
In a briefing to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which handles social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues, she praised recent progress but urged stakeholders to remember that much remains to be done.“The international community has a responsibility to continue to encourage the changes needed to ensure that everyone in Myanmar can access their fundamental human rights – regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic status or location,” Ms. Lee said.Civilians and children continue to suffer amid the escalating conflict in Shan, Kachin and Kayin states, and humanitarian access to these locations is more difficult than it has been in recent years. Meanwhile, in Rakhine state, the continued discrimination against the Rohingya and other Muslim communities has affected peoples’ fundamental rights. She pressed for the removal of all discriminatory orders, policies, and practices, she noted.The expert expressed alarm over other developments in Rakhine state, including the murder of nine police officers on 9 October. The resulting security operations led to multiple allegations of serious human rights violations, including torture and ill-treatment during interrogations, summary executions, arbitrary arrest and the destruction of mosques and houses in Muslim villages. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Some 3,000 people from the Rakhine community and up to 12,000 Muslims have fled their homes.“I am also extremely concerned that humanitarian programmes providing health, food, education, and nutrition assistance have been suspended and access by humanitarian and other groups has not be granted,” Ms. Lee remarked.She welcomed the release of 200 prisoners by the new government, but expressed concern for the remaining 200 still in detention. Both Ms. Lee and her predecessors have advocated for legal reform, but many people continue to be arrested under outdated laws, even under the new Government.She also pointed to Myanmar’s constitution, for which 25 per cent of seats in Parliament and three key ministerial posts are reserved for the military: “Until there is constitutional reform, there is still much to be done for Myanmar to evolve from having a military government to a civilian one,” she said.“Peace will be a pre-requisite for the long-term progress of Myanmar,” she added, referring to the talks between the Government and armed groups at the Panglong Conference which was held in August of this year. “Unfortunately, on the ground, peace still feels remote and communities still fear attacks, abductions, and abuses.”Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
September 24, 2019
The next stage of marine survey work by Marine Minerals Ltd has just commenced – the Cornish company investigating opportunities for the recovery of waste tin from the seabed on the Cornwall coast. This next step in the project is to undertake further preliminary marine survey work along the coast between St Ives and Perranporth, where deposits of waste tin are located in the seabed sand. This is limited research work licensed by the government’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and is being carried out by the specialist 24m survey vessel MV Flatholm, which is operated by Falmouth based hydrographic survey company Coastline Surveys Ltd.Marine Minerals says this new survey will be investigating a range of topics, including assessing more precisely the location and quality of the tin and other mineral deposits, in the sandy seabed; clarifying the underlying geology; and getting samples for use by marine scientists and geologists to better inform the company of the make-up of the seabed. The work is being carried out over a period of two weeks.Talking about the project, John Sewell, Commercial Manager for Marine Minerals says: “Our starting point with the tin recovery project is that there are tens of millions of pounds worth of Cornish tin, already mined over the last few centuries and washed out to sea, sitting in sand off the North Cornish coast between St Ives and Perranporth. The value in that tin could be of great benefit to the Cornish economy: the challenge is, can the tin be recovered in a way that is environmentally and socially, as well as commercially viable? We obviously believe that the answer is yes, which is why we are pursuing the project. We are acutely aware of a number of sensitive issues that need to be considered, which is why we have invited Surfers Against Sewage to join us during the marine survey work so they can see first hand the studies we are undertaking. We are committed to high levels of environmental performance and have completely rejected the use of traditional dredging methods to bring up the tin-bearing sand.”The methods the company is investigating – sifting and filtering the sand at sea and returning around 95% of it immediately back into the seabed excavation that it came from – will be far more precise and economic than dredging, it believes. Marine Minerals says its research so far suggests that when compared to natural forces such as tides, currents and storm waves, this method of working will have insignificant effects on the seabed and the local ecology. The company is carefully investigating many issues in detail via a year-long environmental study. Findings will be made public and form part of the company’s application to the MMO for a full operating licence. These plans will themselves be subject to formal, statutory public consultation, managed by the MMO, which it is anticipated will take place in 2014.
September 22, 2019
← Previous Story Michael Biegler to overtake job in Leipzig in summer 2016? Next Story → ŽRK Budućnost with two newcomers in battle for Budapest Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock and Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas will go in separate ways after the end of current contract next summer! The “Oilers” president Arthur Zielinski announced that in statement for the official club’s website:– I have great respect for what Manolo Cadenas did for our club in the last two years. Mainly thanks to this work our team has strengthened its position internationaly, and today we are one of sixteen best teams in Europe – said Zielinski and added: – However, I found that the formula of our cooperation requires some adjustments in response to the position of our team now. Unfortunately, Manolo Cadenas not agreed to the proposed changes, and therefore had to decide not to renew expiring in June 2016 year of the contract.Arthur Zielinski also announced that it has started talks with potential successors to the Spanish coach. Arthur ZielenskiManolo CadenasOrlen Wisla Plock
September 22, 2019
…based on the facts of what was broadcast, and having regard for broadcasting compliance issues, the seriousness of the legal complaints, and the decision by the complainants not to accept RTÉ’s proposed remedies, we decided that a settlement was the most prudent course of action. “Senior counsel was consulted and confirmed that the legal position was far from clear.”Killane, who noted that he had been approached by a number of RTÉ employees querying the settlement decision, also said that the organisation should not “knowingly progress to defend an action when it is advised, internally and externally, that such a defence is unlikely to succeed before a jury”.He promised staff that RTÉ will continue to cover the topic, citing last week’s Late Debate, coverage of the LGBT rights protest in Dublin on Sunday and items on Today with Seán O’Rourke and the Saturday Night Show.Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the controversy, Rory O’Neill (aka Panti), continues to garner global attention.A video of his 10-minute Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre last weekend has been viewed by more than 216,000 people and has been shared online by Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Dara Ó Briain and Rupaul, as well as getting coverage on international sites including Gawker, the Huffington Post and MSNBC.It was also showed, in full, by TV3 last night during Tonight with Vincent Browne.Read: Stephen Fry joins Panti’s supporters by tweeting video to 6.5 million followersMore: David Norris and Paul Murphy raise homophobia in Irish and EU parliamentsWatch: 100,000 people watch Panti video on homophobia in less than two days THE HEAD OF television at RTÉ sent a memo to staff yesterday evening, explaining why the broadcaster paid out an €85,000 settlement following the receipt of six legal complaints about an interview on the Saturday Night Show last month.Glen Killane, managing director of TV, assured staff that RTÉ “explored every options available to it” before settling the matter with John Waters and members of the Iona Institute who had initiated a legal process.He also told RTÉ employees that the broadcaster has not “engaged in censorship, but has rather fallen foul of Ireland’s defamation laws”.Legal advice was sought and the other options explored, he said, included a right of reply and an offer to make a donation to a “neutral charity”.He told staff that the complainants did not accept the proposed remedies. In an email, dated 4 February and seen by TheJournal.ie, he wrote:
September 21, 2019
It’s very, very clear to companies like Nintendo that the threat isn’t from their competitors in the console arena, but in companies like Apple. Consider this quote from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who told attendees of the Game Developers Conference that “The value of games does not matter to them.” That’s a shot right at Apple, the App Store and developers of casual games like Rovio, creators of Angry Birds.Well, now Rovio’s speaking up. Pester Vesterbacka, CEO of Rovio, has loudly fired a shot against Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony at this week’s South by Southwest conference: the console industry is “dying” and it’s all because of the rise of smaller games like Angry Birds.He went further than that, though. He also said that larger developers with larger budgets aren’t capable of being as nimble or innovative as smaller developers like Rovio.Okay, let’s hold on a second here before we get too far into stone flinging. In one sense, Vesterbacka is right: Nintendo is very definitely under assault from the likes of Apple, particularly in the handheld market. However, when it comes to the living room, Apple has yet to make even an indirect assault on Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft’s market.What it all comes down to is that most people don’t really care about games except as an idle pursuit, and so would rather spend a couple bucks to play a simple game like Angry Birds on their existing phone than spend $300 to play a more expensive and involved game on a console. However, those gamers exist, and developers will be able to make business catering to them.It’s not an either-or proposition. Consoles aren’t dying, but as casual games on smartphones become more prevalent, they will become more focused on games as a storytelling medium than as a mere diversion. That’s a good thing, but it doesn’t mean that Apple or Rovio has “won” or that console games are dying.Read more at PC World
September 16, 2019
CAIRO — As the death toll soared past 600 on Thursday, weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied dead in a Cairo mosque near the flattened epicenter of Islamist support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.Violence also spread, with government buildings set afire near the Pyramids, policemen gunned down and scores of Christian churches attacked.As turmoil engulfed the country, the Interior Ministry authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions after Islamists torched government buildings, churches, police stations and cut main roads in retaliation for the crackdown on their encampments.The Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile, tried to regroup after the encampments were razed Wednesday and many leaders arrested, calling for a mass rally on Friday in a challenge to the government’s declaration of a monthlong nationwide state of emergency and a dawn-to-dusk curfew.At least 638 people were confirmed killed and nearly 4,000 wounded in violence sparked when riot police backed by armored vehicles and bulldozers smashed the two sit-ins in Cairo where Morsi’s mainly Islamist supporters had been camped out for six weeks calling for his reinstatement. It was the deadliest day by far since the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak and plunged the country into more than two years of instability.The Health Ministry said in a statement that 288 of those killed were in the largest protest camp in Cairo’s Nasr City district, while 90 others were slain in a smaller encampment at al-Nahda Square, near Cairo University. Others died in clashes that broke out between Morsi’s supporters and security forces elsewhere in the Egyptian capital and other cities. Egyptian civilians try to save official documents as firefighters battle flames at the Giza governorate buildings that were stormed and torched by angry supporters of Egypt’s ousted president in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday.
August 31, 2019
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nanotechnology More information: Jianling Meng, et al. “Nanographene charge trapping memory with a large memory window.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/45/455704 © 2015 Phys.org Graphene quantum dot flash memories look promising for data storage Citation: Nanographene charge trapping memory could further miniaturize flash (2015, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-nanographene-memory-miniaturize.html (Phys.org)—Flash memory—the data storage method often used in phones, computers, and other devices—is continually being miniaturized in order to improve device performance. In an attempt to reduce the short-circuiting that often occurs as memory cells become smaller and more closely packed, researchers have been investigating graphene-based charge trapping memory as an alternative to the traditional floating gate memory. Now in a new paper, researchers have developed a nanographene-based charge trapping memory that exhibits some of the best performance statistics for any such device reported to date. The researchers, led by Dongxia Shi and Guangyu Zhang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Zhang is also with the Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter in Beijing), have published a paper on the new memory device in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.”As we all know, we are in an era of information explosion,” Jianling Meng, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and first author of the paper, told Phys.org. “To improve data storage, it is necessary to decrease the footprint of a single node in order to achieve a high density of data storage. Thus, it is a research hot point to keep shrinking flash memories. The biggest advantage for phones and computers having smaller flash memories is a larger storage capacity. Also, smaller flash memories can improve the program/erase speed of the data.”In general, shrinking the conventional floating gate memory cell is problematic because it causes short circuits. This happens because the floating gates where the electrons are stored are conductors, and so electrons can easily flow between them when the tiny cells are too close together. An advantage of charge trapping memory is that the charge trapping layer where the electrons are stored is an insulator, so shrinking these cells does not cause short circuits nearly to the extent that it does in floating gate memory cells.In a charge trapping memory, electrons and other charge carriers are stored (or “trapped”) in tiny defects in the graphene, which the researchers call “nanographene islands.” The more nanographene islands, the more charge that can be stored, resulting in a higher memory capacity. In the new study, the researchers developed a method for fabricating nanographene with a density estimated at more than a trillion (1012) nanographene islands per square centimeter. Their strategy uses a technique called plasma etching to create large numbers of defects as well as extended defects along the edges of the main defects. The large number of charge trapping sites provided by the defects enabled the researchers to fabricate a memory device with a very competitive memory performance. One measure of large capacitance is a large memory window, which indicates that a large number of charge carriers have been trapped. Tests here revealed that the new memory has the largest ever memory window (9 volts) reported to date for a graphene-based charge trapping memory. In addition, this large memory window was maintained even after 1,000 program/erase cycles. Overall, the researchers hope that this high-density memory will provide a path toward shrinking flash memory to even smaller scales.”Our future research plan in this area is to realize a footprint as small as the tip of an atomic force microscope,” Meng said. Explore further (Left) Atomic force microscope image of the nanographene film with a high density of nanographene islands, which provide more charge-trapping sites to increase store capacity. (Right) Structure of the nanographene-based charge trapping memory. Credit: Meng, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing
August 19, 2019
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Share [People] TravelBrands’ Tanious will now overlook Exotik and Boomerang brands MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has announced that Vice President Nathalie Tanious will now be overlooking its specialty brands, which include Exotik Tours and Boomerang Tours.Tanious currently manages TravelBrands’ FIT, Sunquest and cruise division, and according to an official statement, she has made “tremendous strides for our company.”For any inquiries regarding the brands, she can be reached at Nathalie.Tanious@travelbrands.com or by calling (514) 905-3699. Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Boomerang Tours, Exotik Tours, People << Previous PostNext Post >>
August 16, 2019
In a move to support Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) with revamping of Terminal 1, IndiGo has shifted its partial operations to Terminal 2 starting March 25, 2018. All IndiGo flights numbered from 6E 2000 to 6E 2999 are now departing from and arriving at Terminal 2, in Delhi.During this transition phase, IndiGo has taken series of measures to ensure passengers are informed at every stage while flying with 6E. A shuttle service is being provided by the airport authorities every 10 minutes from ground level located near Medanta Clinic. Passengers can alternatively explore local transportation including cab, auto/ bus service available in and around the airport area.In case an IndiGo passenger misses the flight due to the change in the terminal, IndiGo will rebook the flight at no extra charge. Passenger’s flight is arriving into one terminal and departing from another, he/she can avail of the shuttle service provided by the authorities. Passengers are required to collect their baggage and check-in again at the transit station.Commenting on the development, Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said, “IndiGo has moved about a third of its flights out of Delhi to Terminal T2 from March 25. This is to aid the promised expansion of the airport facilities in Delhi. The flights that are being moved will have a four digit flight number starting with the number 2. DIAL has committed to constant shuttle buses between T1 and T2 for connecting passengers. To keep it hassle-free, IndiGo will be through checking in the bags of connecting passengers to the final destination.”